Am I Ready for Assisted Living?
Maintaining a home may be a longstanding source of pride for you or your loved one. It can be a very difficult experience to leave a place that you have grown so comfortable in and is a source of so many happy memories. Unfortunately though, for many, homes become a burden with age.
Perhaps your home has a large yard which requires constant maintenance, or maybe it’s becoming more and more difficult to clean those extra rooms that are rarely used.
Perhaps your home is no longer accessible because of your changing needs. This may include a steep flight of stairs or a bath tub that is difficult to step in and out of.
Perhaps it is becoming harder and harder for you to leave your home as often as you’d like, which is leading to more isolation in your life.
Sometimes these challenges can be partially remedied by hiring outside help, remodeling parts of your home, or asking family members to lend assistance. However, more often than naught these are just short term fixes that often lead to more frustration and sometimes even injury.
The truth is that there are many senior living alternatives available to you in the market place today. It’s worthwhile to take a look at these options. You might be surprised to find the freedom and flexibility that you thought was gone from your life, is in fact, right there waiting in the wings.
Below are a few important questions that you should ask yourself in determining whether you or a loved one may be ready for assisted living.
- Do you feel lonely or depressed?
- Is your home not as clean and tidy as it used to be? (Is laundry or dishes piling up?)
- Do you lose your balance in the shower?
- Do you forget to take your medications? Do you know what they are for?
- Do you have a fear of falling and worry that there will be no one there to help you?
- Have you been losing weight or don’t seem to have an appetite?
- Do you struggle getting going in the morning?
- Does your prized lawn not look as green as it used to?
- Do you find it uncomfortable to drive?
Your physician can also be an excellent help in determining whether you or your loved one is ready for assisted living.
Many people wait until they fall or hurt themselves before making this decision. Don’t let that happen to you or your loved one. The truth is, assisted living provides many levels of care from simple medication assistance to incontinent care. Just because you live in an assisted living community doesn’t mean that you need all the services that it offers.
We hope that this brief tutorial has helped you. We hope that you won’t hesitate to call us anytime for a free assessment.
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